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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Farmer: HB1514 is 'The Last Shovel of Dirt on Our Graves'
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:48 PM :: 4300 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...we are already highly regulated and another level of regulation will be the last shovel of dirt on our graves....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Anti-GMO Activists Stack Hearing: Why Bad Lawmaking Reigns in Hawaii Politics
By Joni Kamiya @ 11:43 PM :: 3697 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

When lawmakers rely on bad science from activists, it takes something away from all of us and they don’t even realize it....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
You're Paying Double for Sugar
By NCPA @ 1:37 PM :: 3462 Views :: Agriculture, Cost of Living

American sugar prices would be a lot lower if the government would stop interfering in the sugar market....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Kauai Dairy Farm Receives Approval
By News Release @ 8:48 PM :: 4878 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Land Use

...The original proposal of 2,000 cows on site was modified in July 2014 to 650-699 cows....

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Farmers Heading to Court to Overturn 'Flawed' Maui Anti-GMO Ordinance
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 3748 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...this referendum is invalid and contrary to long established state and federal laws that support both the safety and lawful testing and planting of GMO plants....

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Your Ballot Explained: Issuing New Bonds
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:33 PM :: 4153 Views :: Agriculture, Development, Hawaii State Government

When Election Day comes, voters never seem to get a chance to reduce government spending....

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology
By NCPA @ 4:30 PM :: 4647 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Today, more than 800 million people are malnourished....

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Friday, September 26, 2014
Carlisle: Maui Anti-GMO Law Would Send Farmers, Gardeners to Jail
By Video @ 2:22 AM :: 5560 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, GMOs

...gardeners growing GM corn, GM papaya, or GMO marijuana may be arrested and imprisoned for one year under the anti-GMO law....

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Hawaii’s Papaya Growers Struggle in Hurricane Aftermath
By Video @ 2:30 PM :: 4583 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

...Estimation of the sales lost, plus the start-up, the bulldozing costs and growing up to that first year, when they’re ready to harvest again … is about $53 million....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Consuming Chemicals is a What We Do on a Daily Basis
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:16 PM :: 4207 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...so many people tell me how they are cutting back on chemicals in their food by eating better. I can’t help but shake my head....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Still Blogging A Year Later!
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:11 PM :: 4048 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...By speaking out, I’ve been able to network others who share my thoughts about the Hawaii we want and it gives me hope....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Maui County Report Shows Zero Glyphosate
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 3587 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...None of the 45 samples had detectable levels of glyphosate....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Papaya Crop Ruined: Anti-GMO Activists Cheer Hurricane Iselle
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:18 AM :: 4223 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

"... Yay Good.  Mahalo Iselle for washing us clean of those GMO ...."

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Activists, Hurricane Deal One-Two Punch to Hawaii Farmers
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:15 PM :: 3623 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...Just last week it was announced that the activists groups, the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice (formerly known as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) joined on to sue these same farmers....

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Kauai Diary Farm Changes Plan After Protests by Luxury Resorts, Sierra Club, and Surfrider
By News Release @ 4:22 PM :: 5227 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

The first phase starts with 650-699 cows....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Proposed EPA Rule Gives Feds Control of Hawaii Water Ditches
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:31 PM :: 5314 Views :: Honolulu County, National News, Agriculture

...the new proposed rule would regulate all ditches, except in narrow circumstances. This even includes man-made ditches....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
How I Wish I Were a Papaya Princess…
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:06 PM :: 3858 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

There’s so much talk from activists about how they want more local food grown here but then they seek to lobby laws against farmers....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
State Department documents rise in human trafficking
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:36 PM :: 4207 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Law Enforcement

The International Labor Organization says agricultural workers are among the most vulnerable....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Seeking a Global Solution in Sugar Trade Policy
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 5517 Views :: World News, Agriculture, Economy

...sugar is one of the most politically charged raw materials in the global economy....

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Friday, June 06, 2014
Thai workers get multimillion-dollar EEOC settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:28 PM :: 3758 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

Mac Nut Farms of Hawaii LLC will pay the most, $1.6 million; Kauai Coffee Co. Inc. will pay $425,000; Kelena Farms Inc. will pay $275,000; and Captain Cook Coffee Co. Ltd. will pay $100,000....

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! -- Takes on Organic Food
By Video @ 3:49 PM :: 4327 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Penn & Teller Repudiate the idea that organic food has better nutrients, a smaller environmental impact, less harmful pesticides, and better taste than non-organic foods....

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Molokai Ranch Achieving Success with … Ranching
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 5741 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Agriculture, Tourism

Moloka'i Ranch is launching initiatives to achieve sustainability, starting with the re-establishment of ranching operations....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
The World's Resources Aren't Running Out
By NCPA @ 3:26 PM :: 4286 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

...the amount of land required to grow food has decreased by 65 percent over the last 50 years across the world....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
The Many Problems with Ethanol
By NCPA @ 3:25 PM :: 4108 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

Just one 25-gallon tank of ethanol requires 450 pounds of corn -- the same amount of calories it would take to feed one person for an entire year....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Study: Biofuels Worse for Environment Than Regular Gasoline
By NCPA @ 4:09 PM :: 4886 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Tax Credits

Biofuels made with corn residue actually release 7 percent more greenhouse gas....

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Parties Reach Agreement in Na Wai Eha Water Flow Case
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 4728 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture

Under this agreement, more water will be returned to the streams of Na Wai ‘Eha, particularly to ‘Iao stream....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hawaii basil farm ‘deplorable,’ ‘unsafe,’ judgment says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:30 PM :: 4369 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal government, citing “deplorable” and “unsafe” conditions, has fined Hawaii’s top exporter of basil nearly a half-million dollars....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Judge rules Thai workers were exploited, physically abused on Hawaii farms
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 4136 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal civil case against Global Horizons has dragged on for years....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Guilty: Physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 6587 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

Kobayashi cited examples of physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple Company's historic pineapple plantations and old worker dormitories where the Thai workers were forced to live and other abuses throughout Hawaii.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Full Text: Big Island Papaya Farmer Sues to Invalidate anti-GMO Ordinance
By Robert Thomas @ 9:12 PM :: 5300 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

Science. It's the darndest thing....

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
UHERO: Climate Change Behind Push for Water Conservation
By UHERO @ 11:20 PM :: 4662 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Agriculture

Drawdown of existing groundwater stocks is likely still decades away....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hawaii pesticide data: Homes not fields found to be source of most problems
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 PM :: 3242 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics

...90% of the exposures occurred in a residence, 4.4% in the workplace and 1% in a school. The remaining 4% consisted of miscellaneous locations....

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Friday, February 07, 2014
Clayton Hee: “We give notice we cut you at the knees”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:32 PM :: 5797 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Watch the Senate committee system falling apart....

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Rep Thielen Pushes Hemp Legalization
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 3515 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

Today the United States Senate approved the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the “Farm Bill,” which includes legalization of industrial hemp for research purposes....

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Monsanto Hawaii Pesticide Use
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 3606 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

We are listening to your concerns and, as promised, would like to address some of your questions regarding pesticide use....

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
What Congress Did While You Were Talking About the State of the Union
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:32 PM :: 2720 Views :: Agriculture

Congress is very fond of two things: throwing a bunch of stuff into one bill and rushing bills through while Americans are focused on other news....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Three Bills Affect Future of Ag Land in Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:32 PM :: 2811 Views :: Agriculture
The second bill says the best way to preserve lands for agriculture in perpetuity is for the State to own it....
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monsanto Hawaii Announces Enhanced Community Engagement Effort
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 3738 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

While there has been a lot of discussion about Monsanto, there seems to be little understanding about our operations and what we do....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
USDA: Pesticides, Chemicals, and Synthetic Ingredients Used in 'Organic' Food
By Andrew Walden @ 11:58 PM :: 7232 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...here is a selection of some of the most interesting ingredients included in "organic" foods and another list of synthetic pesticides and other substances allowed for use in "organic" crop and livestock production....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Ready to handle the Crazies? Psych Major to Head Agriculture Board
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 3892 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Scott Edward Enright as chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, effective Jan. 1....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hawaii SEED Wants to Destroy Papaya Farmers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 3166 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs
The truth is that Mr. Ritte enjoys his papayas and doesn’t care if it is GMO or not because he knows that it is fine.  Remember the March ag day Mr. Ritte?
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hawaii Agriculture Conference, January 8-9, 2014
By Robert Thomas @ 3:51 PM :: 4405 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, GMOs

On January 8 and 9, 2014, the Seminar Group is putting on what we hope will become a regular event - the Hawaii Agriculture Conference....

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Sunday, December 08, 2013
How to Use Anti-GMO Ordinances to Seize Marijuana Plants: A Guide for Police Departments
By Andrew Walden @ 12:30 AM :: 11329 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs, GMOs

... between $400,000 and $1,000,000 in fines for a single mature 40-day old plant ....

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Friday, December 06, 2013
Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:36 PM :: 2998 Views :: Agriculture, Taxes

Christmas trees are pretty unpopular, right?  The House must think so, since its farm bill would pave the way to set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Maui Pesticide Bill Would Fine Farmers, Landscapers $10K per Day
By Andrew Walden @ 4:41 PM :: 5608 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, GMOs

...to be placed on the December 6, 2013, Council agenda....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Hawaii a Testing Ground for Mainland Hysteria
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:13 PM :: 3866 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Hawaii has long had an unfortunate tendency to attract the most extreme Mainland activists....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Solving the Global Sugar Trade Problem
By NCPA @ 1:15 PM :: 4121 Views :: World News, Agriculture

Agriculture subsidies and trade manipulation have long been among the most intractable of policy problems....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Maui Mayor Signs MOU with Monsanto Requiring Disclosure of Pesticide Use
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 4160 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

While watching what was happening in other counties, Maui County decided to approach Monsanto - which has farms on both Maui and Molokai - to require disclosure of the company’s restricted-use pesticides and all information about related practices....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Petition: Support Hawaii Farmers Now!
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 3551 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Counties are listening to the most ill informed people and the farmers are being attacked ....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
EEOC: Del Monte Hawaii Settles Thai Farm Workers Case
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 3389 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The EEOC named Del Monte Fresh Produce's Hawaii subsidiary, which contracted with Global for approximately three years ending in 2005 to tend pineapple fields the subsidiary leased on the island of Oahu....

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